Hunting justice : development, law, and activism in the Kalahari

Sapignoli, Maria, author
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  • Creator Maria Sapignoli, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
  • Format Books
  • Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018. ©2018
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 412 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1107191572, 9781107191570
  • OCLC on1000126603


  • "This book presents a long-term study of the activist campaign that contested the Botswana government's much-publicized removal of the San and Bakgalagadi people from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Sapignoli's multiple points of observation and analysis range from rural Botswana to the nation's High Court, and a variety of United Nations agencies in their Headquarters, focusing on rights claimants and officials from NGOs, states and the United Nations as they acted on the grievances of those who had been displaced. In offering a comprehensive discussion of the San people and their claims-making through formal institutions, this book maintains a consistent focus on the increased recourse to law and the everyday experience of those who are asserting their rights in response to the encroachments of the state and the opportunities inherent in new indigenous advocacy networks"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • 1. Introduction -- 2. Unsettling the Central Kalahari -- 3. The "Bushman Problem" -- 4. Getting Organized: The Social Lives of San NGOs -- 5. The San in the United Nations -- 6. The Court -- 7. After Judgment -- 8. Litigating for a way of life -- 9. Conclusions